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I had to upgrade my computer last year. I went to the most powerful Mac Pro available, and added an external four terabytes. I didn’t have a choice but to spend the money. I needed the video editing capabilities that only a monster processer would provide.   Thanks to technology, the time is fast approaching…

I’m a criminal lawyer. My clients go to drug and alcohol rehab all the time. Candidly, most of the time they do so in order to avoid a harsher sentence. The rest of the time they are motivated to go because a family member pushes them in. Almost never have I been asked by a…

  Every now and again I check the stats on my website to see what search terms people are using to get to my website. I’m interested in finding out what the normal citizen is looking for in a lawyer. As I have said frequently on this blog, I endeavor to put as much legal…

For those of you who don’t know what an Magistrates Order of Emergency Protection (MOEP) is, its an order from a Judge prohibiting an accused from, among other things, going near the residence or place of business of an alleged victim of family violence.   I know it seems like a reasonable order, if one…

  One of the benefits that my clients have is that I have a reference point when it comes to dealing with prosecutors. I was an Assistant District Attorney for 5 years, which included stints as a Chief in County Court and several years in the District Courts where I ultimately handled the most serious…

About ten years ago, it was substantially easier to get through a setting at the criminal courthouse. The majority of times a client will need to reset his case. I never do anything on a case until I know substantially more than the prosecution does about the facts of the allegation, and this requires an…

I would estimate that a third of the clients I represent are charged with some sort of family assault or domestic violence, so I have a little more insight into this crime than most. It is easy to demonize these individuals and portray them as violent generally. Ray Rice is facing this characterization. However, this…

Last year the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest court for criminal cases, ruled that Texas Penal Code §33.021, Online Solicitation of a Minor, was unconstitutional. The argument by the defense and ultimately agreed to by the court in a rare unanimous opinion was based on the First Amendment. This is naturally big news…

Since the advent of these no refusal weekends, I’ve been seeing strange blood numbers. They are extremely high, even into the 20’s, which if true would evidence a brutally drunk client. The problem is that all the evidence accumulated prior to the DWI arrest doesn’t necessarily back up these numbers. Clients will tell me they…

In the last ten years, and especially in the last five I have seen a tremendous increase in the amount of crimes connected to use of the Internet. In particular, I have found that Telephone Harassment and Child Pornography have become favorites of law enforcement. The law has evolved to create more and more Internet…

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